Photo Essay : A rainy morning in Kingston Upon Thames

Hi,

I thought it might be fun to try something new and write a bit about my visit to Kingston Upon Thames last weekend, a sort of brief photo essay. Every time I set out to take photographs the results always turn out very different from one another. It was a drizzly dull day so it was spent ducking in and out of cover. I wandered round to a shopping centre and the first things to catch my eye was the colourful walkway, as I’m always attracted to interesting geometry, and the flower stall. I had it in the back of my mind that I wanted the shot of the shopping centre to turn out bright, fluid, modern and abstract, and the flower stall to be bright and impressionist, below are the results.

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OM-D E-M5 & M.Zuiko 17mm.

As the rain had started to get heavier I took refuge in a church. Although I had passed this church many times and photographed the exterior I had never been inside. I was blown away with the sheer size of the interior. My first two shots show the scale of the church but are different in the processing technique. The first shot is quite rustic and “painterly” whilst the second shot is a straight, for me :), High Dynamic Range (HDR) shot. I’m glad that I thought to pack my fisheye lens which came in very useful inside the church.

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OM-D E-M5 & Samyang 7.5mm.

I took two more very different shots whilst inside the church, the first is of a religious painting in an alcove lit by a candle which I decided to try and give a dark, moody, old-master, Rembrandt-like treatment to and I also spotted this gentleman asleep in a chair. Although I felt very uncomfortable taking this shot, as I don’t much enjoy taking candid shots, I thought it would hopefully perhaps help to highlight the plight of the homeless and I decided that the most appropriate processing would be a stark, high-contrast black and white shot. As the church interior was fairly well lit I was able to take these shots at ISO 800 which is as far as I like to push things, the noise is still very acceptable however I normally like to shoot at ISO 200.

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                                  OM-D E-M5 & M.Zuiko 45mm.

Finally I took a stroll down to the river and spotted this music shop en-route and I was drawn to the drum kit in the window, In all honesty I had no idea how this shot would turn out but decided in processing that this should be a sort of watercolour type work as it also helped separate the shop background from the drum kit in the shop window. My last shot of the day was of some swans and ducks and I thought this might make an interesting colourful abstract work.

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OM-D E-M5 & M.Zuiko 17mm.

So, another interesting photographic outing and once again very different results. I always look forward to the processing stage more than anything else, this is where my work starts to take shape, this is where I can express myself. I could sit and do it all day if someone paid me to do so (hint) ;), such is my love of working with imagery.

Best wishes

Leigh

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